Spurs still battle on two fronts and as the club prepares to hang on to the top four in the Premiership, they face the prospect of a relatively easy Europa League tie against Basel this week and a potential place in the semi-final.

Head coach Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t rotated the European squad in the way that Harry Redknapp did last year – if he had, we wouldn’t be in the quarter finals – but it does mean that many of the first choice league XI face a busy period between now and the end of the campaign.

It has raised a question of priorities and AVB insists that the league position comes first.

“We dream of winning trophies so our focus on the Europa League won’t shift,” Andre said.

“We understand that we have to keep the team fresh and we are able to rotate as we have top-quality players that allow us to do so. Now we are in the Europa League quarter-finals we can only dream of winning the trophy.

“It has the same importance as every game we play, although I understand that it is always the league position that determines the success of the season.”

So it seems just a marginal call but can Spurs really hope to compete on both fronts as the season enters its most crucial phase?




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